West CavanFianna Fáil Councillor, John Paul Feeley, has welcomed confirmation that the former National School where Sean MacDiarmada attended to learn Irish at Tullinamoyle, Dowra has been included in the Cavan County Council official programme for the 1916 commemorations.
“Earlier this year, I suggested to Tom Sullivan, Cavan County Librarian that the fact that Sean MacDiarmada attended Tullinamoyle National School, just outside Dowra should be commemorated.
“The National Programme of Commemorations includes specific reference to the Irish Language and the Cultural Revival that occurred in the years proceeding the Rising. Tullinamoyle School falls perfectly into this heading: a signatory of the Proclamation and his efforts to learn Irish,” said Cllr Feeley.
Following approaches to the current owner of the property, Cavan Council have agreed that a commemorative plague will be erected, informative signage about the general history of the now closed School and direction signage from the village of Dowra.
‘The school is in private ownership. It has been tastefully restored by the current owner, Karsten Konig, who brought the derelict property to its present state as his home. Karsten has been most cooperative with the Council and the Council must now work closely with him to complete a tasteful monument,” noted Cllr Feeley.